Screening time: 1 h 15 min

CW: Themes and scenes of suicide and anxiety disorder

Films in this screening:

Capucine GOUGELET:

Born to be a lie
(La vérité si je nais)

France, 2021. 2 minutes.

“How do we make babies?” is a question that goes over generations and even if today it is often no longer taboo, it can be intimidating, leave speechless or let our imagination speak. “Born to be a lie” is a very short animated documentary film that is touching, funny and spontaneous for everyone.

Diana Cam Van Nguyen:

Love, Dad

Czech Republic, 2021. 13 minutes.

She finds letters full of love her dad wrote her 15 years ago. Now she fights to get that love back.

Isidora Vulic:

Orange Peel

Serbia, 2021. 5 minutes.

On a train back from Spain. On her lap, a notebook of memories, and an orange.

Christian Wittmoser, Zuniel Kim:

The train driver

Germany, 2021. 6 minutes.

An anonymous train driver recounts his experience with suicide on the rails. Six times he experienced people taking their own lives before his eyes. While surf fishing, he tries to distract himself – but does something like that really leave no trace?

Keith Del Principe:

Wine Story

Canada, 2021. 3 minutes.

Created with homemade grape ink, from grapes that grow wild on our farm, Wine Story is an animated documentary film told in my late grandfather’s voice about our family’s adventures in making wine and friendship. My great grandfather had five barrels of his homemade wine that he would keep in the basement. The barrels were numbered one through five, and were ranked in order of quality. When a guest was invited over, my great grandfather sent his son into the basement to get the wine for the guest based on the quality he thought they were worth. Narrated by my late grandfather, an Italian-American, who loved trees and grew his own orchard. He encouraged me to pursue my creativity in all forms. This is the manifestation of that effort. In loving memory of my Grandpa, Carl R. Gullo.

Rohit Karandadi:

Modo De Vida - A Goan Sketchbook

India, 2021. 5 minutes.

A quaint Goan life hides underneath its touristy facade. A Goa of sleepy balcaos, pushy fish-mongers and of pilot bikes flitting on boiling afternoons; of the blend of traditions and a penchant for slow life. The animated sketchbook film explores this erstwhile Portuguese colony.

Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier, Pauline Cremer:


Germany, 2021. 5 minutes.

Body hair on women’s bodies. A topic that inevitably occupies a woman as soon as the first hairs sprout. Franka had a lot of hair on her legs, under her arms, on her belly – like many women. Depilation hurt, didn’t feel right. But is there another alternative accepted by society? Franka tells about her experience and her decision to let her body hair grow.

Olesya Shchukina:

Lada, Ivan's Sister
(Lada, sestra Ivana)

Russia, 2021. 7 minutes.

Documentary animation based on the real story of Lada, a transgender woman from Russia. She tells her and her brother Ivan’s secret.

Melanie Jilg:

Hello Darkness My Good Friend

Germany, 2022. 30 minutes.

Fear is one of the strongest emotions that we are experiencing and for sure can mangle our minds. But what to do when it appears and manifests itself? In this animated short film, people talk about their personal experiences with fearful situations and sliding into an anxiety disorder. One thing is clear: fear is part of life. And talking about it takes courage. Especially in a time like this.

Documentary Panorama 2

Screening time: 1 h 10 min

Films in this screening:

Ido Hartmann:

The Shadow of the Sun

Israel, 2019. 8 minutes.

7 years ago Boaz has cut all ties with his parents, brother & sister, his friends, and his previous world. The story is about his disappearance and embarks on a surreal journey into the memories he left with his family.

Jeanne Patrule, Cécile Rousset, Benjamin Serero:


France, 2019. 5 minutes.

Esperança, 15, has just arrived in France from Angola with her mother. At Amiens station, they don’t know where to sleep and look for someone who can help them.

Katya Mikheeva:

Shall we talk?

Russia, 2020. 14 minutes.

Polina is a bisexual Russian girl. This is an animated documentary about her coming out to her family. 

John Robert Lee:

Not for money, not for love, not for nothing

United Kingdom, 2020. 14 minutes.

In the underground world of money and sex, this emotionally engaging documentary gives rare insight into the reflective personal struggle of sex workers. Real questions are deliberated by real women, sharing their real stories. 

Mathias de Panafieu:

It wasn’t Bourgogne

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Between two telephone calls, my grandfather recounts some of his memories from the war when he was twenty years old.

Eluned Zoe Aiano, Anna Benner:

All Her Dying Lovers

Germany, 2020. 6 minutes.

Based on a tale that started out as a rumour from WWII Czechoslovakia and ended up in the international tabloids in 2014. The story in question involves a nurse, Nazis, seduction and syphilis, but no-one can agree on what really happened.

María Lorenzo:

Urban Sphinx

Spain, 2020. 5 minutes.

The presence of street art in various neighbourhoods of Valencia (Spain) between 2018 and 2019. These pieces of ephemeral art are animated by connecting each image like the frames of a film. All these faces look at us with wide-open eyes, as if they were telling us that we exist, but we might not exist — and the world would keep on turning.

Varya Yakovleva:

Life’s a Bitch

Russia, 2021. 12 minutes.

One day in the life of a man, whose home was a bench of a railway platform.

Lia Bertels:

And Yet We Are Not Super Heroes

Belgium, 2019. 12 minutes.

When you’re a child, there’s this fragile moment where the boundary between fantasy and reality is shattered. This is the testimony of these children between two worlds, to whom the word was given freely.

Documentary Panorama 1

Screening time: 1 h 12 min

Films in this screening:

Gabriella Marsh:


United Kingdom, 2019. 5 minutes.

The happenings in a single square in Gracia, in the north of Barcelona – la Plaça de la Virreina. From the tourists who whizz through on their Segway tours, to the locals who have been there for so long that they’ve begun to form part of the street furniture.

Sophia Twigt:

niet thuis - rob

Netherlands, 2020. 6 minutes.

Rob took one drag from this neighbor’s crack pipe, just to get rid of the pain. He started using more and more. His bills started piling up. Until finally a letter arrived: his house was going to be repossessed. The day before the debt collectors would come he packed a tent, got on his bike and started cycling.”I figured I’d just keep cycling until I died.”

Kim Seunghee:

Tiger and Ox

Republic of Korea, 2020. 8 minutes.

What does divorce mean to women in Korean patriarchal society? Is a fatherless family a failure? In order to find the answer to these questions, a single mother and her daughter start a conversation.

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis:


France, 2020. 16 minutes.

Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

Emily Worms:


Belgium, 2020. 5 minutes.

Two friends talk about their relationships. Polyamory and politics, they only let their love decide.

Henriette Rietz:


Germany, 2020. 5 minutes.

The chaotic phase in life of a new mother. Pumped up with hormones and lacking sleep, this intense time has burned deep into the protagonist’s heart. An honest and very personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed mother, who seriously thought that parental leave would become a sort of sabbatical.

Adela Križovenská:

Forget Me Not

Czech Republic, 2019. 7 minutes.

The impact of communism was huge. The destiny of orphans was taken from foster care to institutional care. The testimony of the man who grew up in the constitution and the woman who solves the problem from the outside, shows that despite 30 years of freedom from communism, Czech Republic still desperately needs a revolution in this area.

Alisi Telengut:

The Fourfold

Canada, 2020. 7 minutes.

Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, an exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom. Against the backdrop of the modern existential crisis and the human-induced rapid environmental change, there is a necessity to reclaim the ideas of animism for planetary health and non-human materialities.

Patrick Smith:

Beyond Noh

United States, 2020. 4 minutes.

3,475 individual masks from all over the world, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.

Shoko Hara:

Just A Guy

Germany, 2020. 15 minutes.

Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction and relationship with Richard Ramirez: A serial killer and rapist they contacted after he was convicted.